How to Comply with the City’s Cooling Tower Startup Regulations

April 23, 2024    

Cooling tower owners have only a short window of time to coordinate startup efforts.



Springtime marks the time of year when HVAC cooling towers are put back into service. The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOH) recently issued seasonal startup...

HPD Releases Proposed Rule for Heat Sensors Program

March 18, 2024    

Buildings will now be selected for the program annually.



Governor Signs New Rent-Stabilized Housing Legislation

February 22, 2024    

We highlight the significant changes.



In December 2023, Governor Hochul signed legislation (S2980C/A6216B) that seeks to strengthen rent-stabilized tenant protections. The legislation broadens the definition of fraud in rent overcharge cases, requires owners...

DOB Adopts Second Rules Package for Implementing Local Law 97

January 26, 2024    

The city’s landmark climate law went into effect Jan. 1.



DOB recently adopted a second major rules package for the implementation of Local Law 97 of 2019, the city's carbon emissions law that places limits on greenhouse gases coming from the city...

DOB’s Annual Parapet Inspection Requirement Begins in 2024

December 18, 2023    

Here’s what you need to do to comply.



DHCR Adopts Significant Amendments to Rent Regulations

November 21, 2023    

Here are the highlights that owners of rent-regulated apartments need to be aware of.


On Oct. 23, the DHCR announced that it filed the necessary “Notices of Adoption” required by law to enact rent regulatory amendments to the Rent Stabilization Code, the Tenant...

DHCR Increases Air-Conditioner Rent Surcharge for 2023–24

October 27, 2023    

But a recent law eliminates the $5 surcharge for tenant-installed A/C units.



The Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) recently announced an increase in this year’s air-conditioner rent surcharge for owners who pay for electricity. In rent-...

DOB Proposes New Rules for Implementing Local Law 97

September 25, 2023    

Here’s how you may be able to get two more years to comply with the impending climate law.



DOB Overhauls Sidewalk Construction Shed and Scaffolding Rules

August 24, 2023    

The city wants to limit how long these eyesores stay up.



Sidewalk sheds are temporary structures built to protect people or property from falling debris during construction work. Currently, according to the DOB, there are approximately 9,000 active, permitted...

How HPD Proposes to Target Buildings for Self-Closing Door Inspections

July 25, 2023    

Is your building likely to be one of the 300 buildings inspected annually?


Part of the legislation that was passed in response to the January 2022 Twin Parks high-rise fire in the Bronx required the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) to propose rules...

RGB Finalizes Allowable Rent Increases for Renewal, Vacancy Leases

June 22, 2023    

On June 21, the NYC Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) voted to raise rents on rent-stabilized apartments. In a 5 to 4 vote, the RGB adopted guidelines for Rent Guideline Board Order (RGBO) #55, which sets the rent increases you may take for rent-stabilized tenants in New York City on leases beginning...

How to Obtain Documents, Access Records from DHCR

May 22, 2023    

From time to time, you may need to ask the DHCR for certain information or documents. For example, you may be defending against a reduced services complaint and want to see the DHCR inspection report, or you may want a printout of all cases currently pending at the DHCR for a building you’...